Open house at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On October 28th 2018, the Czech Republic marked the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the independent Czechoslovak state. Many government buildings, museums and landmarks were open for free and held open house events. I visited the Černín Palace, the seat of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then went on a short walk through Malá Strana to Charles Bridge.

 

From Wikipedia:

The Czernin Palace (Czech: Černínský palác) is the largest of the baroque palaces of Prague, which has served as the offices of the Czechoslovak and later Czech foreign ministry since the 1930s. It was commissioned by the diplomat Humprecht Jan Černín z Chudenic, the Habsburg imperial ambassador to Venice and Rome, in the 1660s.[1]

The palace features stuccos by Italian artists.[2]

In 1666, Humprecht Jan Černín purchased a part of the debt loaded property of the House of Lobkowicz, including a building plot with gardens located in the centre of Prague. In 1668, he commissioned Francesco Caratti, a Swiss-Italian architect, and assigned him to develop the project of his new palace on the site. The next year, building contractors Gione Decapaoli and Abraham Leuthner started construction. The plasterers Giovanni Maderna and Giovanni Battista Cometa were replaced by Francesco Peri and Antonio Travelli in 1674.